Tag: 5-channel

Save Yourself From Installation Hassles with the JBL GTO EZ Amplifier Series

Matching up the perfect amplifiers with your car audio system can be a difficult task. We’re always excited at Sonic Electronix to see a diverse line of amplifiers in a series, especially when they’re designed to fit a large variety of car audio systems. These amplifiers in question are the JBL GTO EZ Series of amplifiers. Offering different amplifiers for practically every configuration, the JBL GTO EZ Amplifiers are offered in five channel, four channel, three channel, and monoblock configurations. Adding to their diversity, there are two separate four channel amplifiers, and three monoblock amplifiers to choose from, depending on the amount of wattage you’re looking for.

The four-channel configurations of the JBL GTO EZ series amplifiers are the GTO-504EZ and the GTO-804EZ. Both amplifiers are designed with quality crossovers and adjustments for gain control and bass boost. The smaller GTO-504EZ offers 50W to 4 channels at 4 ohms, and 75W to 4 channels at 2 ohms. The GTO-804EZ boasts a higher rating of 80W to 4 channels at 4 ohms, and 100W to 4 channels at 2 ohms. You can also use both amplifiers in two channel configuration, eliminating the need for a 2 channel amplifier.

The monoblock amplifiers in this series are offered in three different configurations. From a minimum of 350W, all the way up to a whopping 1000W of RMS power, these amplifiers can take care of any subwoofer application. The GTO-501EZ is rated at 350W RMS at 4 ohms, and 500W RMS at 2 ohms. The next step up is the GTO-751EZ with a power rating of 500W RMS at 4 ohms, and 750W RMS at 2 ohms. Finally is the big daddy, the GTO-1001EZwith a rating of 650W of RMS power at 4 ohms, and 1000W of RMS power at 2 ohms. All three of the amplifiers also have easily accessible tuning to make sure your system is always sounding at its best.


The 5-Channel JBL GTO-5EZ is designed to power a full audio system, including dedicated output for a subwoofer

Finally offered in this lineup is the 5 channel GTO-5EZ as well as the unique 3 channel GTO-3EZ. Similar in configuration, both of these amplifiers offer front channels for speakers, and a dedicated high powered channel for a subwoofer. The 5 channel GTO-5EZ allows you to power four total door speakers, as well as the subwoofer. The 3-channel allows only two speakers and a subwoofer. Both of these configurations are designed to eliminate the need of a separate monoblock amplifier, saving space, time and installation cost, without sacrificing audio quality. The JBL GTO EZ Series of amplifiers is perfect for any amplifier requirement, no matter the specific configuration you require. Check them out today!


Kenwood XR-5S Digital Amplifier

Kenwood eXcelon XR-5S Digital Amplifier

By Seth Wilde – Product Specialist

Smaller is better, at least when it comes to car amplifiers.  In the past few years, the 12-volt industry has been experiencing some incredible advancement in technology.  New materials, new designs, new companies, and new factory integration devices have swept the industry.  Previously, the audio component receiving the most attention was the car stereo.  However, the limelight has since transferred to the car amplifier.  Never before has the car audio amplifier been advancing as fast as it is now.  We are seeing smaller and smaller amplifiers generating more and more power.  Kicker released their IX amplifiers, such as the 10ix500.4.  Alpine redesigned their PDX amps to make them smaller and more compact.  But now the attention has moved to Kenwood with their new line of digital power amplifiers.

The Kenwood eXcelon XR-5S is one of the smallest chassis for amplifiers that produce comparable power.  In fact, small footprint measures only 7-9/16” x 9-1/4” and has a height of 2-3/16”.  Combine that with a weight of 6.1 lbs and you get one of the smallest Class D, five-channel amps available on the market!  At either 4 or 2 ohms, the digital technology of this amp will produce the same results: 80 watts x 4 channels and 350 watts to a sub channel.  To make those ratings sound even better, they are RMS ratings and CEA-2006 certified.  In order to get the results that they wanted, Kenwood developed and used a four-layer circuit board with surface mount device (SMD) technology.  They also integrated new thermal management system and a fan cooled heat sink to effectively remove the heat.  Each channel has the option for low-pass or high-pass filters (50-200 Hz) so you can accurately get the tuning that your speakers require.  The Kenwood XR-5S is an incredible 5-channel amplifier that makes for an all-in-one amp solution for any car.  The small chassis can be installed under seats, in glove compartments, center consoles, and other places that installers have never before put car amplifiers.